Carmelo Anthony went ballistic against Nigeria in Thursday's Olympic hoops. Team USA cruised to a 156-73 victory, and Melo dropped 37 points in less than 15 minutes.
Team USA basketball let us know how good his performance was via Twitter:
In case you were wondering ... Melo's 37 points came in 14 minutes. No, that's not a typo.— USA Basketball (@usabasketball) August 2, 2012
But this sums up Melo's day in London the best:
It's not just the points that make this performance astounding, it's the way he scored them. We know him as one of the world's best high-volume scorers, but Anthony's efficiency in Thursday's contest set this performance apart.
He shot 13-16 from the floor. Ten of those buckets were three-point shots. He also went 1-3 from the charity stripe. His silky smooth touch has never been a secret, but he was in rare form. Everything seemed to fall, and I'm sure the hoop looked 12 feet around in his eyes.
Granted it's Nigeria. They are far from a world power, and Al-Farouq Aminu isn't the guy to slow him down defensively. The Nigerian squad had no answer to Melo's superb blend of size and deft shooting touch.
Why would we be surprised by this? He may rub you the wrong way with his minimalistic approach on the defensive end and his prima donna attitude, but there's no doubting his ability to score the basketball.
In nine NBA seasons Anthony has become known as one of The Association's most lethal scorers. He's made five NBA All-Star teams due in large part to his 24.7 career points per game. His game lacks in other areas, but he's capable of putting up 20 points without blinking anytime.
Watching Anthony break the American record for points in an Olympic game was remarkable, but it's far from shocking.
He's a scoring artist, and he painted his masterpiece on Thursday.